Autumn is a season of vibrant colours – and opportunities to discover new things as you kick through fallen leaves.
Autumn House at Rowlands Castle also leaves new opportunities for its next owners after the current occupiers found they were just too busy to carry out all their plans for the house.
The Grade II-listed property is part of a former rectory, a type of building that in times gone by needed good interior space to fulfil the role of parish meeting place as well as serving as home to the incumbent.
So it is with Autumn House, which has a large reception space formed out of the interlinked drawing and dining rooms, the former with an attractive bay window and the latter with a conservatory entered through French doors and with a further set leading to the garden.
Between the two rooms is an open fireplace with Gothic-style arches to each side. There is another attractive arch framing the opening from the kitchen to the utility.
The L-shaped entrance hall has a staircase tucked away at the far end rising to the first floor and its three bedrooms, served by a family bathroom.
A second staircase then rises to another pair of bedrooms, divided by a landing and shower room, on the second floor.
‘It has to be said that this is such an inspiring house that the owners are moving on with an air of reluctance,’ says Anne-Marie Green, of Fine and Country estate agents in Emsworth.
‘They had some great ideas for Autumn House but time pressures have stifled their ambitions and they would rather pass the opportunity to the next owners.
‘The house has great interior space for a family with approximately a third of an acre of private gardens shielded from the road and with a double garage plus plenty of gravel parking.
‘Rowlands Castle is perfectly placed for commuting, with its own mainline station. But there is also a vibrant village community and it is not just a commuters’ dormitory that only springs to life at weekends.
‘Neighbouring Havant Thicket and Staunton Country Park regularly provide the gardens with a number of rare species of birds and butterflies to enjoy while Rowlands Castle, with its general stores, cafe, public houses, golf course, and church, has excellent, traditional village facilities.
‘This desirable house, with its flint walls and stone mullion windows, is awaiting its new spring.
Who will be the one to help it bloom again?’